(previously known as Oecophora arabella)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
Wendy Moore & Stella Crossley
(Photos: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)
These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of
The adult moth has orange forewings which have a broad brown hairy margin. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms. The moths are found typically in September and October.
The species is found in dry grassy native woodlands in:
Ian F. B. Common,
Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1997, pp. 262-264, 268, 277, 286.
Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), p. 296, and also Plate 18, fig. 4.
(updated 1 November 2012, 18 May 2014)